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Victoria Bitter (VB) - Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.

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Victoria Bitter (VB)Victoria Bitter (VB)

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BA SCORE
58
awful

260 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 260
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 2.36
pDev: 31.78%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwarbi on 02-16-2002)
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1.5/5  rDev -36.4%

XsoldoutX, Dec 24, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Shy5, Dec 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +16.5%

MylesMac, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of LeeroyAgogo
2.08/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I haven't had this beer for at least five years, with good reason, however whilst watching the cricket today I thought I'd give it another go as it felt strangely fitting. As soon as I cracked the bottle open I remembered why I haven't had it for so long. You're imidiatly hit with an odour so offensive you'll fell like you've just slept all night on the floor of a dodgy pup in Sydney's inner west where the carpet hasn't been cleaned for 40 years. The taste isn't any better. Whilst struggling to drink this beer down every bad beer experience I've had with beer came rushing back to me. There isn't much more I an say, I can only agree with other reviews I've read on here.

LeeroyAgogo, Dec 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

k3ve, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

the low end of the Australian cheap beer paradigm. its metallic and often skunky, worse in a can than a bottle, limited in its ability to refresh, and honestly a terrible option for the price. carlton draught over vb in a second, even though I know a lot of people who would disagree. even when this beer is cold, it always feels warm somehow, like soapy and thick, adjunct heavy, and over carbonated. I don't get a yeast profile at all, just a standard yellow beer metallic finish. I would compare it to keystone in the united states, with a little more body, but similar off properties. I drank enough of this to know its poison too, hangovers always seem magnified after a night on vb. don't let its rather limited availability in the united states make you think its worth seeking out, its not. you would do better to get a sixer of coopers pale, which seems to be everywhere these days, if you want an Australian beer experience. leave vb for its loyal consumers down under.

StonedTrippin, Dec 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Hypersomnia, Nov 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Gusmotel, Nov 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Joakim, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Citadel82
2.76/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Okay, not a huge fan of this one but having been to many countries I can say there are worse beers. I have now tried this in bottle and can. I was asked by dinner hosts to bring Tsing Tao, which Icould not find, so asked the staff at Fine Wines if they knew of a similar, flavorless , yellow lager and this was their suggestion...

Pours more of an amber with a short-lived white head. The aroma was sweetish with some vague hoppy-vegetal notes. Taste was light and slightly dry but mostly sweet grain. Hints of of corn??? dryish finish. Cold and wet was what we were aiming for. This was a little better. I am here for 7 more days, I am sure we will cross paths again. Definitely better than Crown Lager but sadly nothing to feel nostalgia for...

Citadel82, Nov 05, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -36.4%

djbx, Oct 20, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -25.8%

no8, Aug 30, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +16.5%

mikelward, Aug 24, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Jamestregenza, Aug 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +48.3%

Johnq1964, Aug 11, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -36.4%

remitrom, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of jimiboi
2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is an iconic beer, especially for Victorians. Whilst New South Welshman have their Toohey’s New and Queenslanders have their XXXX Gold, the Southerners have been fortunate enough to have this alcoholic blight attributed to their namesake. I think this beer has survived due to state pride alone. Humbug.

jimiboi, Aug 04, 2013
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2/5  rDev -15.3%

AKuehn47, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Brew_42
1.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I lived in Australia for close to a year and I only tried this beer a few times and I hated it every time. However I saw this beer when I was in Europe and I was feeling nostalgic and I thought maybe I should give it one last try. Bad move.

Pours pale yellow with thin white head

Smells- Kind of skunky

Tastes-Not much flavor and what is there isn't very good. Very slight sweetness with a bitter aftertaste.

MF- SLight carbonation

Overall- Not worth it. In the U.S. if t don't/you see this beer there is no doubt better options in stock so just don't.

Brew_42, Jul 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev +27.1%

MonkeyStain, Jun 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev +27.1%

dweeuu, Jun 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

beerbtl, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +37.7%

chuckv, Jun 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Victoria Bitter (VB) from Carlton & United Breweries, Ltd.
58 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.